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More KC 69 Now Online
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Feb 13, 2012

You can now nab yourself two vintage bits of Crimso history via DGMLive. First up is the historic Hyde Park gig which helped bring the band to much wider world, and their next-day gig at the Marquee from their legendary run at the London club. Please note both of these gigs (with bonus tracks) are available as part of the King Crimson Collectors' Club series via the mail order shop.

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Where's Pat?
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jul 3, 2014
After the Venturing Unto Joy Part 1 clip went live earlier this week, Gavin Harrison took a listen and said to himself "Hang on, that’s Pat Mastelotto on drums as well!" A phone call from Jakko to DGMLive Towers then pointed out the error in the shownotes and listing details, which have now been amended. Our apologies to Pat for airbrushing him out of this particular Hot Tickle KC moment. 

The First Download?
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Jul 2, 2014
My thanks to The Dork Report for sending in this particular head-scratcher. Can anyone help?  "A new article by Vice has identified the first official digital download as "Head First" by Aerosmith, June 27, 1994.

I’m digging deep into my college-age memories here, but does anybody else remember "Cage" being available as an official download on the nascent world wide web? This would have been circa late 1994, around the time the VROOOM EP landed. I also remember David Bowie releasing "Telling Lies" as a digital single a year or two later.

Is my memory deceiving me, or does King Crimson deserve some recognition as pioneers in the (legit) digital download biz"

a few hours after posting the above news item this came in from via Salex33 the guestbook:

I checked the ET newletter archive. There is one mention of a Cage Digital download made by Chris Van Allen on Friday 11 August 1995.

It seems it was avaliable at this address:

On This Date 40 Years Ago
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jul 1, 2014
King Crimson played their final show of 1974 in New York's Central Park.

Of this momentous concert John Wetton comments “If I shuffle off this mortal coil tomorrow that gig would be the one for me. That was the one…it was almost tearful, it was so emotional.”

Memorable for not only being the last date with David Cross but also for Fripp the first gig “since the 1969 Crimson where the bottom of my spine registered ‘out of this world’ to the same degree.”

Of the improv, Cerberus, John recalls “It's very together. It's almost telepathic the stuff Bill and I are doing…The energy level is terrifying.” And so it is. An unbelievably poignant gig marking the end of an era but the beginning of something else.

Just a week later with David Cross no longer with them, they entered the studio to start recording Red and just two months after that, King Crimson would "cease to exist."

Brass Nerve
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jul 1, 2014
There's been a lot of interest on Facebook about the brass band on Segways playing 21st Century Schizoid Man. Now here's trumpet player Mederic Collignon with his take on LTIA Pt2. Thanks to EnoMan for the link. 

Mister Stormy's Monday Selection
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jun 30, 2014
Want to hear a bit of the latest line-up of King Crimson? Well, thanks to Mister Stormy, now you can!

Bowness Charts
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jun 30, 2014
Abandoned Dancehall Dreams by Tim Bowness, which features prominent contributions from King Crimson’s Pat Mastelotto and Andrew Keeling, has entered the Rock Top 40 section of the official UK album charts at #18.

You can grab the album here and read my take on it over on the blog.

On This Date 40 Years Ago
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Jun 28, 2014
On this date 40 years ago King Crimson played to a half-empty Casino at Asbury Park on a wet and windy night as part of the final leg of a tour that was meant to break them commercially in the States, but ended instead breaking up the band. 

Image courtesy of: Dave Reininger

A few days after this gig they returned to England, recorded Red and then King Crimson was in Fripp’s words at the time "completely over for ever and ever.”

With its contents drawn largely from this gig, a posthumously released USA, garnered critical applause and brickbats in roughly equal measure.  Even the normally Crim-sceptic Rolling Stone cited the fade on Easy Money as perplexing and frustrating.

As life moved on, with Fripp heading into retreat, Wetton and Bruford both off to too many bands to mention and David Cross en route towards sessions and eventually academia, USA was finally deleted and long forgotten. 

Except it wasn’t.

Spooling forward a few years to the internet age it became evident that those who held this period of the band in high esteem saw USA and this particular concert as a kind of Holy Grail.

It was a regular topic on message boards and news groups who called for the album to be released on CD and the tracks restored to their imagined pre-edited glory.

When, finally reissued in 2002 as part of King Crimson’s 30th anniversary editions, although tracks from the rest of Casino gig concert had been added, somewhat perversely Fripp decided against undoing the edits rendered in 1975.

Though its release was roundly welcomed it was surely a frustrating and bittersweet moment for fans looking forward to hearing what happened next on Asbury Park or Easy Money

Image courtesy of: Mike Dowd

For that they would have to wait until November 2005 and the launch of DGMLive.  It was no surprise given the clamour for it over the years that the very first download on this site was for 28th June, 1974.  

Presented uncut for the very first time using unreleased mixes from the multitracks, and without the added Eddie Jobson overdubs, the power of this gig is tangible.  Despite the internal politics and tensions of the period, the band taps into a ferocious energy that never stops burning. Wetton is especially inventive, infusing the material with a brutal force.

At the other end of the sonic spectrum Fripp’s sparkling clarity produces a consistently powerful performance that must rank amongst his very best.

And what about those edits Fripp and Wettton had made in 1975? Although it’s nice finally to have the full version, some (myself included) would grudgingly accept that the cut on Asbury Park and the fade-out on Easy Money were probably right in terms of the dynamics of the original album release. 

From the grumbling rasp of LTIApt2 through to the ecstatic demands for an encore, this is a classic Crimson show in every respect. Indispensable to fans and worth every bit of the attention the show has received over the years. 

Even if concerts live on forever sometimes the venues which housed them don’t. This was the state of the casino after its closure in 2005.

Head over here to see some more of Mike Black’s photos.

What are your thoughts on this concert? What about the edits - right decision or wrong move? Get onto the guestbook and let us know.

The Road To Red Nominated For Award
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jun 27, 2014
The Road To Red, the multi-disc box set documenting King Crimson's final American tour of 1974, has been nominated for an award at the 2014 Progressive Music Awards.

The box set has been nominated in the Grand Design category of the awards organised by Prog magazine.

If you'd like to see King Crimson and The Road To Red win this year then you'll need to register at the awards website and do the Crims proud. 

Here's the full list of runners and riders in the Grand Design category:

King Crimson - The Road To Red

Dream Theater – Limited Edition Collectors Box Set

ELP – Brain Salad Surgery Deluxe Box Set 

Rush – Rush 40th Box Set 

Rick Wakeman – Journey To The Centre Of The Earth Box Set 

Pink Floyd – The Division Bell Deluxe Set 

Fish – Feast Of Consequences Box Set 

Cynic - Kindly Bent To Free Us Deluxe Book Set 

Ian Anderson - Homo Erraticus Deluxe Edition Hardback Book 

Transatlantic - Kaliedoscope Deluxe Edition Box Set

Happy Birthday Ian McDonald
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Jun 25, 2014
Please send your birthday wishes to Ian McDonald, founding member of King Crimson.

It's pretty difficult to imagine King Crimson '69 without Ian's multi-instrumental skills and gift for composition and arrangements, so please take a moment and share your thoughts on Ian's contribution to Crimso over on the guestbook. 

The Road To Red At Home...39
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jun 24, 2014
My thanks to John Slywka for sending this snap in. John explains "It was taken at home on 2nd January at home in Chicago, the sky was clear and sunny although the temp was 10F degrees. The inspiration and photo happened quickly (to avoid frostbite), a tribute to the original USA album cover."

The Road To Red
can be obtained here.

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